Arsenal want Leipzig defender Konate but must pay £45m release

Arsenal ‘are among MANY Premier League clubs interested in making a move for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate’… but Bundesliga side will hold out for £45m release clause

  • The race is hotting up for promising RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate
  • Arsenal are the latest club to be linked with the French youngster
  • Reports in Germany state Leipzig will not sell for less than his £45m release 

Arsenal have reportedly joined the growing list of elite European clubs keenly monitoring the progress of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has been earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga after bursting onto the scene alongside Dayot Upamecano in the back line.

And now Arsenal are ready to throw their name into the ring and emerge as suitors for Konte, according to German publication Sport Bild.

Arsenal are the latest club to be linked with young RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate

The Frenchman has a £45million release clause written into his contract with the German side 

The Gunners face still competition, with many top sides understood to be watching Konate in preparation for a bid.

Bild claim that ‘many sides from England’ have made links with the player, giving heavy suggestion that the next step in Konate’s career will unfold in the Premier League. 

It is added, however, that Leipzig are unwilling to sell their starlet meaning any seriously interested parties will be forced to meet Konate’s release clause.

Konate seen in Champions  League action against Manchester United at Old Trafford

The Frenchman has a €50million (£45m) buy-out inserted into his Leipzig contract, making him a potential big money signing in the upcoming January window. 

Arsenal already spent big on defender Gabriel Magalhaes during the most recent summer window, while also have exciting youngster William Saliba on their books, currently developing in the youth ranks following a loan spell with Saint Etienne.

Leipzig are expected to put up resistance when it comes to selling defenders this year, with Upamecano also attracting the interest of both Real Madrid and Manchester United.

The 22-year-old is widely expected to depart at the end of the season, and like Konate has a £45m release clause written into his contract. 

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